Ideal places to visit in Davao for families

Davao has indeed became so popular not only because of its must-visit sight-seeing places but also for its safe and clean environment.

In fact, Davao has been hailed as the 4th safest city in the World in a survey in 2015.

I, being a Davaoeña is proud to say that because of the ordinances being strictly implemented by our President Rodrigo Duterte who became a Mayor of the city for 20 years.

It’s still safe to visit different places in the city since the President’s daughter and son are now leading the city as a Mayor and Vice-Mayor respectively.

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The walk to the Malacañang Palace during the Inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The First Family

Here are Davao City Ordinances a tourist must know before visiting.

  1. Smoking Ordinance. It was first implemented in 2002. Smokers should avoid smoking in public places however, there are designated smoking areas such as resto-bars, beach resorts, and cafes. Violators face penalties based on the frequency of their offense: P1,000 fine or month-long jail time for the first offense, P2,500 or two-month jail time for the second offense, and P5,000 or four-months in jail for the third offense. To learn more about this ordinance, read more here.
  2. Total Fire-cracking ban. Every New Year, Davao has been always recorded with zero casualty since its implementation in 2001. Violators of the firecracker ordinance are fined P1,000 or a month in jail for the first offense, P3,000 or three months in jail for the second offense, and P5,000 or six months in jail for the third offense.
  3. Speed Limit Ordinance. A maximum of 30kph downtown and 40kph within the city, and about 60kph within the city borders.  To learn more about this ordinance, read more here.
  4. Liquor ban. Selling and drinking alcoholic beverages in public places are banned in the city from 1am to 8am. Violators pay a fine of P3,000 for the first offense, P5,000 or a three-month jail time for the second offense, and P5,000 and one year in jail, including the revocation of the establishment’s business permit, for the third offense.

Now that you’ve learned the basics, let’s head to the must-visit places in Davao for families.

  • Davao Crocodile Park.
    A small Gorilla showing her talent.
    A small Orangutan named Carlo in the Animal Talent Show

    If you love animals and travelling in the city with your kids, then Davao Crocodile Park is an ideal place to be. It’s not far from the city center so it’s convenient to visit and kids won’t get tired from transporting or commuting.

  • The place showcases baby Crocs and big, montrous Crocs as well. It features the biggest salwater Crocodile in the Philippines named ‘Pangil” which is 18 ft. long.
    Pangil
    Pangil

    Davao Crocodile Park doesn’t only showcases Crocodiles but also other animals as well. Below is a photo of my family holding together a Burmese Python. Would you dare yourself to hold it too?

    A family holding a Burmese Python
    A family holding a Burmese Python

    Burmese Python is considered as one of the biggest snake in the world. Amazing, right? Well, if you want more of their animals, you can enjoy Fish-feeding, watching the Animal Talent Show,  Animal Petting, Crocodile-feeding, and other various activities in the park.

  • Not to mention the different kinds of animals including the Siberian Tiger and birds including the Philippine Eagle. The whole family gets the best day with the animals at an affordable price, of course.
  • Eden Nature Park Mountain Resort.
    Eden nature Park
    Eden Nature Park Mountain Resort

    If you’re looking for a relaxing place to visit and stay at th same time while seeking for another adventure, then this is the best place for you. Eden Nature Park and Resort is located in the suburb of the city.

    They offer different accommodations such as Holiday Lodge which is ideal for Honeymoon or vacation purposes, Vista Lodge for couples who want to have an intimate time away from the busy city.

    Log Cabin that can accommodate up to 14 persons, Pine lodge that’s ideal for groups having a Team Building, Mountain Villas dor large families, and other types of rooms available for every type of tourists.

    Fishing Village
    Fishing Village
    Sky Cycle at Eden Mountain Resort
    Sky Cycle at Eden Mountain Resort
    Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool

    There are varius activities to enjoy in the place. Fishing with your kids must be fun for your family. What’s more, Horseriding, swimming, trekking, zip-lining, Sky-riding with a bicycle, and more Amenities to enjoy.

    Zip-line for kids
    Zip-line for kids
  • Philippine Eagle Nature Center. 
    Phil. Eagle Center
    Phil. Eagle Nature Center

    Davao is also known as the home of the world’s largest and most powerful birds of prey, the Philippine Eagle, which is also known as the Philippines’ National bird.

    Families can enjoy not only the eagles, but also the other mammals, reptiles and more birds. The place aims to educate people especially the children about the conservation and propagation of the critically endangered Philippine Eagle.

    Therefore, this is a must visit place for your kids. The place is wide and everything is natural in which you can enjoy the nature well while having a picnic. 

  • Jack’s Ridge.            

This is the place to recommend when you love to hang out at night in the city. The restaurant is situated at the top of the hills so the city’s view is overwhlmingly overlooking while enjoying the fresh air and relaxing ambience.

Not only that, there are many amenities in this place such as Function halls where we held our company’s christmas party last year, swimming pool, restaurants, cottages where you can stay overnight, and more.

Night view of the city at my back
Night view of the city behind 
  • People’s Park 
    A replica of the Philippine Eagle will greet you as you enter the Park.
    A replica of the Philippine Eagle will greet you as you enter the Park.

    People’s Park is a 4-hectare park and comes from the idea of the then City Mayor and current President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte. This park is open for the citizens and tourists for FREE. What I like about this park is that they keep the cleanliness inside and around it’s premises.

    You can enjoy its arrayed tropical rain forest trees, large sculptures, interactive fountains, man-made ponds and waterfalls, a Durian-shaped dome, a shady and open plaza, playground for children, and many more ornaments.

    Both adults and children can enjoy the park. Kids can play in the playground with its own toilet and washroom while the adults can join the Zumba or morning exercises for free during the weekends.

    boys sitting on a planet-shaped creation
    boys sitting on a planet-shaped creation
  • The Gap Farm Orchard Resort. 
    Gap Farm Land of Promise
    Gap Farm Land of Promise

    From the name itself, Gap Farm Orchard Resort is basically a farm rich with fruit-trees, tropical trees, and other various plants.

    The resort has a large swimming pool, horseback riding facilities, convention hall, a small man-made cave, and vast picnic areas.

    Other attractions include the historical and mythical statues , a parade of sculptured animals, a row of all the Philippines’ presidents’ busts, and different tribes of Mindanao.

    Swimming pool - entrance fee of Php100.00
    Swimming pool – entrance fee of Php 100.00
  • Malagos Garden Resort. 
    Malagos Garden ResortMalagos Garden Resort

    Recently, this place has been so popular because it has the first ever Chocolate Museum in Philippines. Everyone has their minds blown when they’ve finally tasted the Malagos chocolate so be sure to try it when you visit there.

    The place has other amazing and desirable places to explore such as the their gardens, butterfly sanctuary, and aviary where you can feed the birds, a restaurant where you can order the Malagos chocolate.

    For adventure geeks, try their Sky-Walker. It’s a carefully designed obstacle course consists of eight (8) stations that will test how far your limits are– mentally and physically.

 

Pool is inviting!
Pool is inviting!

You can learn more about this place here. 

So that’s all folks! Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoy it and I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy more when you visit all the places featured in this blog post. 😉 Ciao!

BUERGER’S DISEASE

Let’s talk about Buerger’s Disease

President Rodrigo Duterte suffers Buerger’s Disease 

Philippines President Duterte
Philippines President Duterte

As quoted from Singapore news on December 14, 2016 about Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Oust me – good; assassinate me – better; I have this migraine every day,” he said. “I have a lot of issues with my spine. What I have is really Buerger’s disease. It’s an acquired thing that you get from smoking, because of nicotine.”

Doctors had advised surgery on his spine, he said, but his wife, a nurse who used to work in the United States, did not agree because “a lot of operations for the spine went wrong”.

He added: “If you guys see me always in a sad mood, I am actually pushing a nerve here to relieve the pain,” and touched the right side of his face.

What is Buerger’s Disease?

 

Almost everyone with Buerger’s disease smokes cigarettes. However, Buerger’s disease can occur in people who use other forms of tobacco, like chewing tobacco.

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Buerger’s Disease patient is mostly trigger to  young male (e.g., 20–40 years old) who is a heavy cigarette smoker. More recently, however, a higher percentage of women and people over the age of 50 have been recognized to have this disease.

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Another name of Buerger’s Disease is  “Thromboangitis Obliterans”

Buerger’s disease (thromboangiitis obliterans) is a rare disease of the arteries and veins in the arms and legs. In Buerger’s disease, your blood vessels become inflamed, swell and can become blocked with blood clots.

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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BUERGER’S DISEASES?

The initial symptoms include pain induced by insufficient blood flow during exercise in the feet and or the hands. The pain usually begins in the extremities but may radiate to other parts of the body. Patients may experience numbness and tingling in the limbs and also Raynaud’s Phenomenon. Raynaud’s is a condition where the extremities of the hands and feet turn white when exposed to cold. A common sign in Buerger’s is skin ulceration and gangrene of the fingers and toes.

raynauds-phenomenon

As Buerger’s disease worsens, you may start to develop ulcers on your hands and feet, which can be painful. Skin infections can also set in. Gangrene can develop if the tissues in your hands and feet completely die due to lack of blood supply. If you develop gangrene, your skin and underlying tissues become black.

Out of your two feet and two hands, it is usually at least three of these that are affected in Buerger’s disease. However, you may notice symptoms in just one finger of your hand or one toe on your foot.

In addition to smoking, male gender, genetic factors, infectious agents and mental stress due to poor socio-economic circumstances have all been suggested as possible trigger factor. Cardiovascular risk factors may also be important, especially glucose intolerance.

The only way you can help yourself for not getting burgers diseases is live a healthy lifestyle.  You may have hear this again and again from family, friends and your aquentances and it is not gonna stop until you help yourself.

Take one step at a time.. and do your best if you want to avoid Buerger’s disease

  • Brush and floss daily to keep your teeth and gums healthy and free of disease.
  • Get a good night’s rest. …
  • Enjoy regular family meals. …
  • Smile and laugh out loud several times a day. …
  • Meditate,  (how to meditate can be found HERE. Pray, or otherwise find solace for at least 10-20 minutes each day.
  • Eat breakfast, and eat smaller meals throughout the day. A healthy breakfast can jumpstart your metabolism, while eating small, healthy meals (rather than the standard three large meals) keeps your energy up.
    Avoid eating at night. Try to eat dinner earlier and fast for 14-16 hours until breakfast the next morning. Studies suggest that eating only when you’re most active and giving your digestive system a long break each day may help to regulate weight.

WHAT FOOD IS BEST FOR PEOPLE WHO SUFFER BUERGER’S DISEASES?

  • High quality protein. Protein is a source of waste products in body. High quality protein contains more essential amino acids. Our bodies can absorb them and use them to maintain the normal function of body so as to reduce the production of waste products, which is good for kidney protection. Lean meat, fish, egg white and poultry without skin are all high quality protein. But if you have proteinuria and kidney function impairment, you should follow a low protein intake.

 

  • Avoid salt- here is why?
  1. Salt or Sodium Chloride  in ANY form is an irritant and is toxic to the body.
  2. It kills our taste buds.
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  4. Salt has irritating effect upon the body and its delicate membranes, especially in cases such as gastritis or ulcers.

In many fresh foods such as vegetables like celery or sea vegetables, they have high contain in sodium, that is more than good enough salt.

Here is my simple recipe for pumpkin with NO salt.

However if you must need salt.. try using very pure sea salt like

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#seasalt

And what I use at home to marinate some meat for BBQ is the Himalayan salt.

#himalayansalt
#himalayansalt

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Why Not To lose Weight? Why Not today?

Lose weight? this question sure comes to our mind..

it is the most spoken topic, the most question occurs is I do exercise but I do not lose weight – why?
We human are being so ignorant. We think that going to the gym or doing an hour of walking, running, or any forms of exercise will make us lose weight.

To some people, they think that by stop eating for few days will make them lose weight too.

Oh man! Oh man!!

To lose weight is not just about having the vigorous exercise, not or stop eating. Forget about all these misconception. Everything we do affects very much to our health and I want to share this informations with you.

HAVING SEX

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Women burn about 3.1 calories per minute while men burn 4.2 calories every minute when they have sex. So in a session lasting 30 minutes, men can burn about 100 calories.

 Sex blasts calories

Instead of burning a measly 70 calories per hour lying in bed together watching TV  or movie shows, invest in some highly enjoyable exercise. A mere 25 minutes of sex — we’re figuring 10 minutes of foreplay, 15 minutes for the main event — burns 88 calories if you’re a 150-pound woman, 106 calories for a 180-pound guy. That’s the same energy you’d expend doing a light workout on a rowing machine or stationary bike. Trying out a fun new position that feels like an adults-only game of Twister will boost the burn rate a little. And going for a second round will, too. Arriving at the Big O gets your heart pounding as much as bounding up a tall flight of stairs.

 Sex curbs carb and fat cravings

Regular sex can help keep levels of cortisol, the high-anxiety hormone, in check. That’s good news, because too much cortisol boosts your appetite for high-fat, high-carb goodies and tells your body to store the extra calories around your midsection. A romp in the hay short-circuits cortisol’s ill effects. Turns out sex dampens your body’s “fight or flight” response to tension-provoking events. Intercourse, specifically, also calms your blood pressure, even when everything around you is going haywire. You remain serene instead of being possessed by an unstoppable craving for Twinkies. This stress buffer can translate into a slimmer midsection. Wondering exactly how researchers measured the effect of sex on stress?

 Sex can double your fat loss

By helping you sleep like a baby. Skimping on sleep — whether you’re catching up on work or just tossing and turning — undercuts your body’s ability to shed fat, even if you’re dieting! Indulging in some one-on-one pleasure before you say goodnight also releases oxytocin, the cuddle hormone that helps regulate slumber, too. Even a snuggly hug can nudge levels of this helpful hormone upward. That’s good news for weight loss, because getting enough sleep can sharply increase the amount of fat you lose while dieting, according to one government study. Find out why sleep helps you lose belly fat and keep lean muscle.

 Sex can keep your diet on track

By improving your body image. Getting a self-esteem boost is one often-overlooked reason people have sex. What better proof of how appealing you are than an appreciative lover and a mutually satisfying romp!

And the rewards keep coming. Not only does sex improve your body image, but a better body image improves your sex life, too. Women who like themselves physically dive into more and better sex, regardless of the number on the bathroom scale. And when you do that, your appreciation for your body may spill over into healthier eating habits and a stronger commitment to exercise. Just remember, you don’t need J-Lo’s curves or Matthew McConaughey’s sixpack abs to feel good about the way you look, with clothes or without. Focus on how good you and your partner can make each other feel and you might be surprised at how much healthier you start looking.

 Good sex can make you slimmer and keep you that way

Already lost a few pounds? You may have noticed an uptick in sexual pleasure. Even modest weight loss can boost a guy’s testosterone levels and reverse some erectile dysfunction. For women, trimming excess weight can enhance arousal, orgasms, and overall satisfaction. How can this keep you slim and trim? You have probably already heard (or know from experience) that maintaining a new, healthier weight is tougher than losing the pounds in the first place. If you keep this big but rarely noted bedroom benefit in mind the next time you’re tempted to skip your morning walk or order the sausage and waffles with extra syrup, you’ll not only keep on fitting into those skinny jeans, you’ll also have even more fun when you take them off.

Since it does burn some amount of calories, you can definitely make it a part of your weight loss plans. In addition to this, sex also has a host of other benefits such as putting you in a good mood, increasing blood flow, helping you sleep better, etc. So, have more sex today!

RELAXING – Meditation and Yoga

Young woman meditating outdoors
Young woman meditating outdoors

You don’t have to really food diet to lose weight… just relax instead, say experts.

A new study shows that learning to relax can help slimmers become thinner.
Those who took part in activities designed to help them unwind, including meditation and yoga, could even lose weight without going on a diet.

“By learning and practising relaxation techniques as part of a wider lifestyle change programme, women have effective tools to manage stress and emotions without resorting to unhealthy eating.”
“Break free from chronic dieting and make sustainable lifestyle changes” was the way to ensure better health over the long term.

Meditation can also clear a foundation for healthier thinking and feeling. “When you meditate, all the junk comes up, all the clutter,” says Lahman. “The negative body images come up, the desires for certain foods come up, and the emotions that are attached to those desires come up. The more they surface, the more you can put them in your mental recycle bin and start with a clean slate.”

Here is How to Meditate

Young woman meditating outdoors

Sit straight in a comfortable, quiet place.
Close your eyes.
Relax your muscles.
Pay attention to your slow and natural breathing.
When distracting thoughts occur — and they will — simply notice them and gently bring your attention back to the breath. You may have to do this often at first.
Continue for 10 to 20 minutes.
Try to practice once or twice daily. With time, meditation will “bring a sense of relaxation, of coming to peace,”And from that place of peace we make better choices.”

How to Yoga?

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If it is difficult for you to do yoga, the best way is to join some classes in your nearby community centres.

There are private session as well that you can pay per lessons. This is for you to get familiarise. I did not know what to do before, looking at the photographs alone, cannot just perfect your yoga poses. It is so important that you know the “how”.

If you cannot find a Yoga lessons to attend, find some video on Youtube or Vimeo. There are plenty of those videos you can follow at the comfort of your home.

 

EATING RIGHT

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THIS?
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OR THIS?
  • Cook your own meals. …
  • Serve yourself smaller portions. …
  • Eat early, weigh less. …
  • Watch what you eat… Do not just eat..
  • Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time. …
  • Don’t shop for groceries when you’re hungry. …
  • Drink more water. …
  • Limit the amount of tempting foods you have at home.

With all the above information and if you combine all that with good exercise, you can be on your way to lose weight in a healthy way, you will feel great, you think positive, you are a much happier person and those people around you will be much happier as well to see you in a better shape.

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